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Update on Community Garden

So this is an updated photo of the garden as of July 15th. This is approximately 45 days after planting. We’ve had a few green peppers, a premature cucumber (I picked it too early), a few (like 5 ) green beans and one jalapeno. We have LOTS of tomatoes, but they are all still green. We have lots of stuff getting ready to pop out… but not quite ready. I tell you, it’s been lots of fun and I already know what I will omit and or add for next year!

So… we cleared out the ivy in a 6′ x 12′ (approximately) area. That was a lot of work. That ivy just roots everywhere and by the way, it chokes anything in it’s path. Next we turned and added new soil which was fun because it made me feel like I was deeply rooted to the earth.

In our little garden, I planted 4 different types of lettuce, kale, red peppers, green peppers, jalapeno peppers, summer squash, zucchini squash, broccoli, cucumbers, strawberries, tomatoes, grape tomatoes, basil, rosemary, parsley and thyme.

My friend Denise suggested I add the cement blocks in the center of the garden so not only will it allow me to walk through the plants to weed, but will also keep the weeds down! Thanks for that great idea Denise!

With all the plants in the ground, I hope all the sunshine, water and love the garden gets will be enough for all the plants to grow and produce beautiful fruit and vegetables!

I will keep you posted…

Renew, Refresh and Reawaken

Spring is in the air! Watching everything come into bloom and taking in all the deep spring colors after a winter here in Michigan is so beautiful!

Spring is a time to renew, refresh and reawaken! It is when everything seems to come back to life! It’s when we can step outside and smell the rain, the earth, the wind and really appreciate the elements that many of us try to hide from during the colder months. Sitting outside watching all the little animals become so busy with all the spring tasks they have at hand . Adding the final touches to their nests or homes for the young ones they just bore are about to. It really is a happy time of year.

It’s a great time to cleanse ourselves of anything we need to eliminate. Whether it’s a diet detox or a mental detox, this is the time to start fresh and new and clean out our body, mind and spirit. Find a favorite recipe for a spring detox and use this as a way to make a fresh start to eat a healthier diet. Take a yoga class to help rejuvenate your mind and spirit as you keep them connected and help you to connect to the rest of the universe with you focus and your breath.

Take the time to check out your local Farmers’ Market and CSA’s so that you can keep the momentum that you create going and are able to keep that “Spring Cleaning” constant in your body, mind and spirit. We are lucky because we have the opportunity to treat each day as the first day of the rest of our lives, so whether you actually start to renew, refresh and reawaken today or tomorrow, the important thing is that you make the time to do so and to take care of yourself.

Happy Spring!

Community Garden

So, with spring “in full bloom” so to speak, it’s time to start thinking about the CSA you may join or planing your own garden or becoming involved with a community garden.

I personally do not have a lot of experience in growing my own food. I have grown a few things, but not much. I have supported a local CSA and of course the farmer’s markets, but this year I am starting a little “community garden” with my nephew.

He had a garden with some lovely items in it for the past couple of summers. He’s really enjoyed the art of growing food and I think he’s learned a lot from it. He recently got an apartment and now doesn’t really have the space to create a garden. I have the space, but not the know how or the physical stamina to turn our ivy grown area into a garden. So, we’re partnering up and going to make a garden of our own!

We are hoping to grow several different greens, peppers, peas, cucumbers, tomatoes, herbs, squash, and cantaloupe. The idea behind our garden is he & I will both have access to anything we want and we will both put in time to help tend the garden. He doesn’t live right around the corner from me, but he lives close enough that he can come by at least once a week to help tend the garden and take any items that are ready to be picked. My hope is that we’ll do so well that I will be encouraged to continue my garden and expand what we grow next year!

I am really excited about this and I will try to post pictures of the “before” and “after” to keep you updated on our progress!

Spring Cleaning

Springtime… it is a beautiful time of year! Everything is so fresh and new… it feels like everything is reawakened and rejuvenated. It makes us want to start fresh. That may be why many of us take this time to clean out our closet, attic or garage. This spring, you may want to consider a little spring cleaning for your body, mind and spirit as well. A safe, spring detox is a great way to move the stale energy that’s in you as well as releasing any toxins. There are many different types of spring detox cleanses to consider, but I would never recommend you cleanse specifically  for weight loss (although, sometimes that’s just an extra bonus from a cleanse!)

If you practice yoga, this is a great time to continue with your practice and add some twists to your practice. Twists actually massage your internal organs which will help to loosen the toxins within you. You’ll also want to drink plenty of clean, filtered water after your practice which will help flush the toxins out of your system.

Another wonderful way to help move the stagnant energy within you is to come to standing with your feel about shoulder width apart. Inhale your arms up over head. As you exhale, start to fold forward as you bend the knees and the arms swing down and up behind you. On your next inhale, come back to standing as you straighten your legs and bring the arms up overhead. Repeat this breath-work for 10 more rounds. You will feel invigorated and it really will help move the stale energy within you.

Check out the many different seasonal fruits and vegetables that are so fresh and perfect for you to eat right now. Here is a link to a wonderful asparagus frittata, a big hit for your family on Easter or Mother’s Day!

I hope you are able to take the time to enjoy the beauty around you and are able to truly live in the season upon us.



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